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Labil Grotesk

The origins of Labil Grotesk can be traced to a typeface I’ve done as a master’s thesis project in 6 months that was nominated for Czech National Award for Student Design 2016. After 3 years of development, it is finally available in 5 weights (Thin–Bold) with a myriad of alternates conveniently categorised into 8 stylistic sets.

Labil Grotesk specimen
Labil Grotesk specimen
Labil Grotesk specimen
Labil Grotesk specimen

What started out as a first foray into typeface design evolved into a comprehensive sans-serif family of 5 multilingual fonts–supporting Latin Extended-A, i.e. Western European, Central European & Southeastern European languages–plus a wealth of contextual alternates, bonus glyphs and case-sensitive forms easily accessible via OpenType.

The juxtaposition of the balance inherent in static sans-serif letterforms and the concept of instability served as a primary source of inspiration. Mixing formal cues from the archetypal Swiss grotesques with intentionally lopsided features renders the text seemingly affected by the laws of gravity; with letters looking like real objects—falling down or leaning onto the next one.

Completed
November, 2015—November, 2018
Labil Grotesk specimen
Labil Grotesk specimen
Labil Grotesk specimen
Labil Grotesk specimen

Labil Grotesk is out now in 5 weights (€60/single weight, €240 for the whole family of Thin–Bold). Available exclusively through KOMETA Typefaces.

Further weights and variable fonts coming in 2019—free of charge for holders of an existing license.